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RLAT announces scholarship program


On behalf of Ranchers and Landowners As­so­ciation of Texas, President John Payne recently announced the implementation of a scholarship program for its members, their children and grandchildren.

Beginning in 2010, scholarship grants will be offered by RLAT to honor three of its founding members - Wesley Kyle, Maudeen Marks and Jackie Richardson Kyle. The Scholarship Grant Committee includes Chairman George Sistrunk and Kathryn Kyle and Cindy Payne.

The Wesley Kyle Scholarship Grant will be given to a young person studying law enforcement or enrolled in an ROTC program or a related discipline. The Maudeen Marks Scholarship Grant will be awarded to a young woman targeting agriculture or animal husbandry as the focus of her degree. The Jackie Richardson Kyle Scholarship Grant will be directed to a young person who is pursuing a career in teaching or the two previously mentioned career paths.

Each of the three scholarship grant programs will provide $1,000 to a selected candidate. The application period begins on Jan. 1 and continues though May 31. Winning candidates swill be elected prior to the fall academic semester.

Pending development of a website, interested applicants are asked to contact Cindy Payne at 830-796-7030 to request a scholarship application and more information.

“RLAT members are committed to the community and its youth,” John Payne noted. Other missions of RLAT include:

• Acting as a collective voice in the State of Texas against any person or entity - governmental or otherwise - that challenges or seeks in any way to undermine the rights of property owners.

• Supporting law enforcement agencies in their efforts to serve and protect the property of the citizens of Texas.

• Providing educational information and resources on subjects and endeavors relating to property owners rights and the rural lifestyle.